Recently, we discussed the benefits and harms of beet. And this time we will talk in more detail about beet juice. Unlike its “source”, it is not so popular — but in vain. Beet juice is both a dietary and healthy remedy, having the same beneficial properties as root vegetables. But in some cases, juice is preferable.
Beet Juice: Usefulness and Applicability
Note: Freshly prepared raw beet juice contains irritating substances that can cause nausea and vomiting. Therefore, it is not recommended to use it immediately after cooking — first, it is desirable to keep it in a cool place (you can in the refrigerator) for 2-3 hours, so that all harmful compounds evaporate. The same precautions will help to avoid another side effect of beet juice-vascular spasm, that is, severe dizziness.
Beet juice is useful for diseases of the cardiovascular system. It helps to reduce blood pressure, strengthen blood vessels and increase their elasticity; increases the level of hemoglobin; normalizes the work of the heart muscle.
The anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, restorative effect of beetroot allows you to successfully use its juice for colds, inflammatory lung diseases, laryngitis and pharyngitis, as well as for angina.
For colds, take beet juice with honey (5: 1) 100-150 ml 2 times a day 30 minutes before meals. This remedy is also considered effective for anemia and insomnia.
Traditional medicine considers beet juice to be an effective remedy for the treatment of cancer. This is confirmed by the experience of the Hungarian doctor Alexander Ferenczi, who in his writings described convincing examples indicating the positive effect of beet juice on the condition of cancer patients and the prognosis of the disease.
Beet juice is also used externally – its wound-healing and anti-inflammatory effect is used to treat abscesses and trophic ulcers. The juice is soaked in gauze, applied to the affected area and screwed; the dressing is changed 3-5 times a day.
How to prepare beet juice
To prepare the juice, take only fresh, elastic roots without signs of rotting, wilting and damage by rodents. Characterized by an intense “beet” color is a guarantee of good anthocyanins, because it is the beet that owes many healing properties. The preferred varieties of lettuce are juicy, with evenly colored flesh.
Attention! Do not forget that beets have the ability to accumulate nitrates. The roots are used only when grown in compliance with all agricultural regulations, and it is also worth consulting with your medical specialist.
To make beet juice at home, the easiest way is to use a juicer. Place the washed and peeled roots, cut into pieces, press the button! One medium-sized beetroot will give about half a cup of fresh juice.
If there is no juicer, you must provide the peeled root crop and squeeze the resulting mass through cheesecloth. Do not forget to allow the juice to settle before use.
If you are trying beet juice for the first time, start with a small dose. Increase it only after you are sure that your body is responding normally.
Do not forget about the contraindications. Do not use beet juice for oxaluria (kidney stones with the formation of oxalate stones), chronic kidney failure, acute inflammatory diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, exacerbation of gastric ulcer and duodenal ulcer and gastritis with increased acidity of gastric juice.